44th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas

Downtown Candlelit Christmas 2020 Dates Announced

(Hattiesburg, Miss.) – The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, invites the public to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 for Hattiesburg’s longest running holiday traditions, the 44th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas. 

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event, is a two-day holiday-favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the downtown district. Guests are invited to experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they travel historic streets lined with luminaries alongside more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays with garlands, bows, and twinkling lights.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, events will not include the traditional carriage rides, refreshments in the Walthall, or in-person home tours. However, Sacred Heart Church will be caroling on the church front steps, and virtual holiday home tours will be a part of the 2020 event offerings. The 2020 holiday weekend will also includes a variety of special events, all centered in and around Downtown Hattiesburg. Festivities include the continuation of luminaries throughout the Downtown district, guided walking tours (ticketed event) Ghosts of Christmas Past presented by HCLO, extended holiday shopping at several retail locations downtown, historic virtual home tours, and a nostalgic self-guided holiday window display contest, A Downtown Christmas Story.

“The streets will be lit and downtown businesses will be open late for this holiday celebration. We invite families, friends, and visitors downtown to grab a bite to eat and stroll through our candlelit streets. While we have had to adapt some of our offerings this year, we have several tours that are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.  From HCLO’s Ghosts of Christmas Past tour and the self-guided window display tour to the virtual holiday home tour, we encourage everyone to experience these joyful holiday offerings downtown,” Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association, said.

“In addition, Town Square Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, filled with Christmas music and caroling at various locations throughout downtown,” Saffle said.

With Downtown’s “Go Cup” ordinance, adults can grab a drink and stroll through the candle lined streets, enjoying the activities throughout downtown. Shops and galleries open for evening hours include Oddfellows Gallery, McKenzie’s on Main, Walnut Square Stationary & Gifts, Main Street Books, Twin Forks Wine & Provisions (curb side only),  Ruby Nails,  Go Young Fashions, Sacks Outdoor, Lucky Rabbit, and The Shop Downtown.  Patrons can also grab tasty food and cocktails at a downtown pub or restaurant like Fika Swedish Café, Blu Jazz Café, Nellie’s Chicken & Daiquiris, The Porter, SoPro Taproom and various food trucks.

Full details on this season’s adapted holiday events are available on Downtown Hattiesburg’s Facebook page and www.downtownhattiesburg.com.

Schedule of Activities:

Saturday December 12, 2020

  • 18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the Historic Neighborhood and Downtown.
  • Holiday Virtual Tour of Homes will feature three historic homes. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Tickets available at the Walthall for $5, and all proceeds will go to the Walthall Foundation.
  • Sacred Heart Church- Carol Sing on the steps, times 6-7:30pm, Saturday
  • Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour presented by HCLO take a stroll back in time and hear stories of Hattiesburg’s history from some of its colorful characters. Tickets available on-line and HCLO’s Facebook page.
  • Downtown- Shops will be open late for holiday shopping some will have live music and refreshments, pick up a map at any of our downtown shops to explore all of the festivities.
  • A Downtown Christmas Story- A self-guided holiday window tour will be offered through January 1, complete with ways to pick a holiday favorite as the winner.
  • Town Square Park will be decked out as a winter wonderland of lights.

Sunday December 13, 2020

  • 18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the Historic Neighborhood and Downtown.
  • Holiday Virtual Tour of Homes will feature three historic homes. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Tickets available at the Walthall for $5, and all proceeds will go to the Walthall Foundation.
  • A Downtown Christmas Story- A self-guided holiday window tour will be offered through January 1, complete with ways to pick a holiday favorite as the winner.
  • Town Square Park will be decked out as a winter wonderland of lights.

43rd Victorian Candlelit Christmas

Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, invites you to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, December 14, 2019 and Sunday, December 15, 2019 for Victorian Candlelit Christmas. The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event, put on by the Historic Neighborhood Association, is a two-day holiday-favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the downtown district. Guests are invited to experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they travel historic streets lined with luminaries alongside more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays with garlands, bows, and twinkling lights. Carriage rides will be available around the neighborhood and a Holiday tour of Homes will be open for tours. Both carriage ride and home tour tickets will be sold at the Walthall Community Center located at 600 Rebecca Avenue. 

Other joyous activities include caroling at Sacred Heart Church and choral and Deep South Ringers handbell choir performances at Bay Street Presbyterian Church. Court Street United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Café and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday and invites visitors to stop in for an Open House on Sunday evening.  

Victorian Candlelit Christmas Tradition Continues to Grow

 

Hattiesburg Christmas Tradition Continues to Grow

UPDATE AS OF 12 NOON-12/7/18  ALL SATURDAY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN ALL DAY.  SUNDAY ACTIVITIES WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED.

November 16, 2018 (Hattiesburg, Miss.)–On Dec. 8-9, 2018, The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood, in partnership with Visit Mississippi, will celebrate the 42nd Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event as a part of Olde Time Christmas in Hattiesburg. Local residents and visitors are invited to attend the weekend filled with holiday festivities and events downtown. 

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event is a longtime, two-day holiday favorite that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the Downtown District. Guests experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they walk along streets lined with luminaries and see more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. In the neighborhood, visitors can enjoy the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, refreshments at the Walthall, and carolers throughout the district. 

Carriage rides will circle through the neighborhood leaving the Walthall (600 Rebecca Ave.) starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. Each tour will take 15-20 minutes. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and no charge for babies being held in an adult’s arms. Tickets can only be purchased on-site and will be sold only at the Walthall during the event both days. No pre-purchased tickets or reservations will be available.

Open House tickets will be on sale in the Walthall as well. Tickets

Background History of Victorian Candlelit Christmas

Candlelighting began in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District in 1976 as a way to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial as well as to draw attention to the renovation going on in the district, characterized by homes built between 1884 and 1930. The neighborhood has changed from a declining section populated mostly by older residents to a lively, attractive neighborhood that is home to a vibrant mix of families with young children to retirees and everything in between.

Candlelighting has grown from a one-day display of a few thousand candles to a two-day event with about 18,000 luminaries and other activities. Each year as dusk falls and the candles are lit, hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors flow into the neighborhood, strolling or driving along the streets lined with the glowing candles. Neighborhood residents and visitors walk from house to house, stopping to chat and admire decorations. Many house parties are held to celebrate the season in the glow of thousands of candles.

2015 Victorian Candlelit Christmas

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas Expands to Downtown as part of the Downtown Candlelit Christmas

 HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Take a step back in time during the 39th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas, presented by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association and the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association, Saturday, Dec. 12th and Sunday, Dec. 13th.  Experience a simpler time as you travel along streets lined with more than 18,000 luminaries and more than 400 homes and businesses decorate their porches and store fronts with garlands of greenery trimmed with bright bows and twinkling lights.

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas is a longtime holiday favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, featuring the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday tour of historic homes and strolling carolers throughout the district.

In addition, The center of activities in the Historic Neighborhood will be The Walthall Center at the Walthall Condominiums, one block west of Bay Street on Rebecca Avenue, between Court and Walnut streets. The carriage rides and parking shuttle will leave from this location.  All entertainment, refreshments, and tickets for both the carriage rides and Tour of Homes will be available at Walthall Center from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $5 and will be sold only at the Walthall both days. Tickets for the Tour of Homes will be $10 and they will be available for sale at the Walthall on Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 5-7p.m.

“This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes will feature “The Bay”, a new Bed and Breakfast on Short Bay, The McMillen Home on Bay Street, Atwood Home on Walnut Street. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

“I am excited that this year, on Saturday, the City and the Mayor’s Youth Council are getting involved by helping to line the street of Downtown with luminaries,” said Andrea Saffle, Executive Director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.    “In years past, as part of the Holiday Art Walk, merchants along Front and Main Streets have put out luminaries on that Saturday, but this year the luminaries will extend throughout Downtown Hattiesburg on Saturday, December 12th for a Downtown Candlelit Christmas,” said Andrea Saffle, Historic Hattiesburg  Downtown Association Executive Director. “We are excited that the City came on board this year to partner with the Neighborhood to extend the  candle-lined sidewalks throughout downtown.”  In addition to the luminaries there will be lots for visitors to do in Downtown with a performance in the Saenger, Art Exhibits at the Depot, Cultural Center and various galleries throughout downtown, several businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses and of course Photos with Santa.

Other activities throughout Downtown include:

Saturday :

18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the the historic neighborhood and Downtown.

Carriage rides leaving from the Walthall starting at 5pm- 9pm, and circling thru the neighborhood. (carriage rides takes about 15-20 minutes)

Refreshments will be for sale in the Walthall- Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Chili, baked goods

Court Street United Methodist Church, 609 Southern Ave. presents the Victorian Christmas Café on Saturday, December 12th from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.; featuring caroling by the chancel choir and children’s choir, nativity scene by our youth and children, and Santa Claus pictures .They will also offer homemade chili and red beans and rice in the Candlelight Café. Tickets are $5.00 for singles and $20.00 for family of 5. Contact courstreetumc@bellsouth.net or call 601.583.1711 for ticket information.

Bay Street Presbyterian Church, 202 Short Bay St., the oldest surviving church structure in the city will host an “Old Fashioned Carol Sing” with the pipe organ on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. carol singing on the front porch.

Holiday Tour of Homes will feature three  historic homes. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Tickets available at the Walthall.

Saenger Theater- HCLO presents “The Forgotten Carols” 7pm tickets $16

OddFellows Gallery- Tasha Tudor exhibition

South Mississippi Art Association- Holiday Art Show, Train Depot

Click Space- smART Art kids activities, Photos with Santa, Downtown information.

The Little Gallery (a pop up gallery)- 117 E Front Street will be open with exhibits by Rick Wilemon, Dick Ford, Reed Diket, and Christopher Holzinger.

Downtown Businesses Open and hosting events:
Southern Fried Comics- open
Front Street Salon- open house
Body Bar- open house
Bloom’s- open
PlayPen- open
McKenzie’s on Main- open
Bianchi’s – open
Main Street Books- book signings
Thirsty Hippo will host Hub City Comedy Showcase 8pm

Arts Council will host their Amateur Photography Competition and Exhibition from 7-9pm

James McCrory Gallery exhibit in Carter Building

HAC’s Open Studio on Front Street will host artist Andrea Kostyal

Sunday:          

18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the the historic neighborhood and Downtown.

Carriage rides leaving from the Walthall starting at 5pm- 9pm, and circling thru the neighborhood. (carriage rides takes about 15-20 minutes)

Refreshments will be for sale in the Walthall- Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Chili, baked goods

Candlelighting started in Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District in 1976 as a way to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial as well as to draw attention to the renovation going on in the district, characterized by homes built between 1884 and 1930. The neighborhood has changed from a declining section populated mostly by older residents to a lively, attractive neighborhood that is home to a vibrant mix of families with young children to retirees and everything in between.

Candlelighting has grown from a one-day display of a few thousand candles to a two-day event with about 15,000 luminaries and other activities. Each year as dusk falls and the candles are lit, hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors flow into the neighborhood, strolling or driving along the streets lined with the glowing candles. Neighborhood residents and visitors walk from house to house, stopping to chat and admire decorations. Many house parties are held to celebrate the season in the glow of thousands of candles.

2014 Annual Candlelit Christmas scheduled Dec 13 & 14th, 2014

 

2014 Map final

Click Here to Download the 2014 event brochure

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Take a step back in time during the 38th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas, presented by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association and Mississippi Power, Saturday, Dec. 13th and Sunday, Dec. 14th. Experience a simpler time as you travel along streets lined with more than 15,000 luminaries and more than 400 homes and businesses decorate their porches and store fronts with garlands of greenery trimmed with bright bows and twinkling lights.

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas is a longtime holiday favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, featuring the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday tour of historic homes and strolling carolers throughout the district.

The center of activities will be The Walthall Center at the Walthall Condominiums, one block west of Bay Street on Rebecca Avenue, between Court and Walnut streets. The carriage rides and parking shuttle will leave from this location. All entertainment, refreshments, and tickets for both the carriage rides and Tour of Homes will be available at Walthall Center from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $5 and will be sold only at the Walthall both days. Tickets for the Tour of Homes will be $10 and they will be available for sale at the Walthall on Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 5-7p.m.

“We are so excited to announce that on the this year’s Holiday Tour of Homes we are including apartments in Walnut Square, The American Building and the Carter Building downtown,” said Andrea Saffle, President of the Historic Neighborhood Association. The tour will also feature The Bay, a new Bed and Breakfast on Short Bay and the Yore-White House on Bay Street. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

 

Neighborhood Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner- Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2013

Potluck is set for Tuesday, November 12th at the Walthall

Calling all Neighbors! Annual Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Tuesday, Nov 12th at the Walthall.  Social begins at 6:30pm  Dinner opens at 7 p.m. What to bring?

HHNA will provide the turkeys and the hams, as well as some soft drinks.  Please bring your own adult beverage if you like, and drinks for the kids if you want something other than water, tea or soft drinks.

WHAT TO BRING: If you live on-

Walnut, Southern, Rebecca, River Avenue, Hall, W.Laurel or Williams:  Side Dish/ Salad/or Dressing

Dabbs, Roni,  Elizabeth, Court, Bay, East Laurel,  Short Bay, (Walnut optional): Dessert Items

Walnut Circle Apt & Captains Quarters:  Any side dish or dessert